As always Dana White took time out after the UFC 120 post-fight press conference to speak with MMafighting’s Ariel Helwani about the major talking points stemming from the event.
Check out the keynotes based on what he had to say below.
– White said he felt Bisping showed a lot of maturity in coming back from being rocked early in the fight to pulling off a decision win, adding that he believes Bisping learned a lot from his KO loss to Dan Henderson last year.
He also said he agreed with the judges decision and felt that the UK fighter had won all three rounds. White says now Bisping will now move on to, “bigger guys.”
– The UFC president gave his full backing for Yoshihiro Akiyama saying that he’s been anything but a disappointment in the UFC and has put on some great wars in the octagon. “He’s one of these blood and guts fighters man, he’s fun to watch, exciting, goes for it.”
Dana said he’s been wanting the Japanese fighter to move down to 170lbs for a long time, and will sit down and discuss where he goes from here when he gets back to the U.S.
– “Condit looked awesome tonight, his hands were fast, he was getting off first. You could tell right when that fight started that he was in a rhythm man and was feeling it.”
White said he respects Condit for calling out a tough opponent like Hardy. “He did to Dan Hardy what GSP didn’t.”
– “He fought a very motivated underdog tonight,” White said of John Hathaway adding that sometimes you just don’t know what’s going to happen, pointing out that the UK prospect had dominated Diego Sanchez last time out.
– “That wasn’t the fight that I expected,” – White’s opinion on a disappointing bout between Cheick Kongo and Travis Browne. For the record he thought that Browne should have won.
– Speaking of the passionate support of the fans and their constant quizzing of White about when he will be coming to their neck of the woods he says that, “it’s awesome to have this kind of demand,” and added, “we can’t pump out the fights fast enough.”
– White’s hectic schedule now sees him join forces with US Vice President Biden to attend a rally, and then on to Anaheim for UFC 121 fight week. He also mentioned that he will be visiting Harvard in November.
Check out Dana White’s full interview below.